Talents are Not Dispensable...

After service on Sunday, and learning how I see my King, I sat down to the keyboard and proceeded to start writing my next post. I could summarize the scripture teaching in a couple of paragraphs, but still I needed more content. That is when I heard that little whisper telling me to wait. So, of course, I walked away from my computer to move about my day. It was a gloomy, rainy day, which made it especially difficult to just wait.

Monday came and went, as did Tuesday and most of Wednesday. As I was settling into bed, late Wednesday night, I wanted to spend at least a few minutes in the Word before I went to sleep. Something had been gnawing at me all week, and I just couldn’t put my finger on it.

As I turned the pages in the bible that rests in bed next to me (I have one downstairs by my computer as well), the Parable of the Talents sprung from the text.

Let me back up to two weeks ago. I work for a company that does extensive philanthropy work. Every year we build teams of volunteers to participate in a Habitat for Humanity project that spans across the summer months. The vice presidents of each division choose a weekend and then recruit from their divisional staff. My division is on for this coming weekend.

I have been planning to go out of town this weekend, for a few weeks, but as the time kept drawing near I kept having second thoughts about going. Back to Wednesday night, as I sat in bed thinking about “talents” and what mine were, it hit me. Holy Spirit had been telling me that I needed to act on this volunteer opportunity.

In the past month, God gave me a new house and has provided for me in other ways, but the house was major. I asked Him for it and He gave it. Now, He wanted me to give back to someone else. I decided, before I turned out the light, that I would sign up to volunteer the next morning at work.

When I got into the office I went to my manager and asked if it was too late to be included. He said it wasn’t and I took the last remaining spot that needed to be filled.

The parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30) emphasizes the need to serve the master while he is away. It focuses on the use of "talents." (A talent being a weight of measure, weighing about 75 pounds and worth more than a thousand dollars.)

Two of the servants invest wisely and are rewarded. The third servant hides his talent. He is rebuked, by the master, as being lazy and wicked because he fails to invest his talent wisely. 

This parable is often used to emphasize the need to use our talents wisely -- by investing our time, money and gifts for the kingdom so that when the Lord comes again, we will hear His words, "Well done, good and faithful servant!" (Matthew 25:21)

Our King speaks to us, and when we are open to hearing and obeying Him, it is amazing what we find. Miracles come in all shapes and sizes, and I believe that God is directing me to document His glory, in my life, to illustrate that He is always working miracles, even small ones. He is always asking us to do some small thing that He is going to turn into something big, and not, always, necessarily for us, but maybe for someone else.

We are interconnected, after all.